How to 'help' somelike this this - Suze says?
So here's a real story for the folks on the recent Suze thread. Because I am puzzled. I do not understand.
My cleaning lady (oops I have just identified myself as part of the awful upper middle class) often asks me for an advance on her month's pay, which is not a problem, I always do it.
This time, it was because she had a huge electric bill.
The electric bill was huge because she got behind on her payment, called the power company, and made an arrangement to make a partial payment on date X. No payment, no power.
She made the payment on date X + 1. Power had already been turned off, reconnect fee was an EXTRA $160.
She quite honestly admits that she simply was wrong on the date. The original arrangement was over the telephone, she didn't make a firm note of it, like in giant red letters on a sticky by the phone. There was no impediment (such as travel) to making the payment on time.
So she is out $160 which she does not have, and she didn't buy anything with that money that is useful to her, ie she did not buy kilowatt hours.
She is an intelligent person who works hard and is raising a daughter on her own. This is not the first time "management slippage" has cost her money.
I don't see how Suze could help her. I don't see how anyone can help her. I don't understand how these things happen to her. But when I hear about them I do feel that wealth typically accrues to the diligent and organized and I don't see why this is wrong or that there is any way to stop it.